How to download a video from the Internet

How to download a video from the Internet

There might come a time when you will need to watch an online video clip on a different device than your Windows PC or to play it while you're not connected to the Internet. The best solution would be to download and save the video to your desktop. In this guide, I will show you how to download videos from any website. By completing the following steps, you will be able to easily download any video from any site by using its URL and save it to your local directories.

It's very important to pay attention to the copyright policies that are available on the websites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) from where you download online videos. In some countries, it's illegal to distribute copyrighted material without authorization. So, be sure you have the right to copy and share the downloaded content.

Download a YouTube video

YouTube is one of the most popular online video sharing websites in the world. With its help, you can find and watch tutorials, music videos, documentaries or even TV shows without paying a buck. However, if you want to play YouTube videos on another device or watch them offline, the best thing to do is to save YouTube videos to your computer by using a YouTube downloader. WinX YouTube Downloader is a Windows utility that not only helps you download embedded videos to your PC, but it also allows you to grab online videos from websites other than YouTube.

Here's what you need to do in order to download a video to your PC by using the aforementioned app:

Step 1

Download and install the app on your PC. Launch the program.

Step 2

Click one of the indicated buttons. Copy to clipboard the URL of the online video you wish to download.

WinX YouTube Downloader Main WindowWinX YouTube Downloader Main Window

Step 3

Click the "Paste & Analyze" button. Select the preferred output quality from the offered list. Press the "OK" button.

Selecting Output Quality In WinX YouTube DownloaderSelecting Output Quality In WinX YouTube Downloader

Step 4

Hit the "Download" button.

You can download and convert online videos by using this program. You can find a list of the supported output formats in the Settings panel of the app. Furthermore, the program lets you change the destination folder for the generated video.

Download a streaming video

Many users prefer to capture streaming videos instead of downloading them to their local folders. Personally, I prefer downloading streaming videos so that no quality is lost in the process. If you're the type of user whose default web browser is Google Chrome, then you should follow these steps:

Step 1

From the page where you wish to grab videos, head to Chrome's Developer Tools panel (or hit the Ctrl+Shift+I keys to reveal the Developer Tools panel).

Step 2

Access the Network tab. Click the "Clear" button before finally pressing "Play" on the video, so it can be one of the only transfers you see in the Network tab. This way, you will isolate the web request that returns the video you wish to have access to.

Step 3

Identify the video file transfer and click on the "Request Name" option. You will get access to the URL in the request viewer. Copy and paste this URL in another tab, right-click the video, and choose the "Save" option.

Download a Flash video

One way to download SWF files from the web is by using third-party Flash video downloaders. An efficient solution comes from an add-on that was created for the Firefox web browser: Download Flash and Video. Here's what you need to do in order to capture Flash videos with the aforementioned browser add-on:

Step 1

Install the add-on to Firefox web browser. Restart the web browser.

Installing Firefox Add-onInstalling Firefox Add-on

Step 2

A new button will be displayed on your browser's toolbar. Head to the page from where you wish to grab the Flash video in question. The Download Flash and Video button from your toolbar will turn blue as soon as you're on a page that has a Flash video. Click the button to download the video you need.

Optional: In one of our previous articles, we told you how to convert SWF to AVI with SWF to AVI. Use that guide to learn how to convert the downloaded Flash videos to the AVI format.

Download video from a blob URL

Blob URLs allow Blob and file objects to be used as URL sources for elements like images, download links for binary data, etc. JDownloader is a Windows application that enables you to download videos from blob URLs. Here's what you need to do:

Step 1

Download and install JDownloader on your PC.

Step 2

Search the video URL in the source page of the website in question (for example, a YouTube page). Copy the URL to your clipboard.

Step 3

Paste the video URL in JDownloader. The app will immediately start downloading the video clip to the destination folder of your choice.


Clearly, it's simple to download online videos from the Internet. However, take in mind that copying and sharing copyrighted material is illegal.


CHUYO WATABE 2 years ago

I already installed free download manager into my notebook but I still can't download any movies. The explanation above does not solve my issue neither teach me how to use free download manager.

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Yulian Rohmy 2 years ago

Dear Chuyo Watabe,

Please specify the website where you want to download a movie from.

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